Socceroos ambition behind Oliver Bozanic's Hearts move

The Australian midfielder is hoping playing Scotland can get him back into the Australian team

He hasn't played for the Socceroos in over three years, but Oliver Bozanic is hoping a move to Scottish side Hearts could see him return to the national team.

The 29-year-old sealed a move to Scotland from A-League side Melbourne City over the off-season and is eager to catch the eye of new Socceroos coach Graham Arnold as a result.

Bozanic has appeared seven times for Australia, including two matches at the 2014 World Cup, but last featured for the green and gold in a 2015 friendly against Macedonia.

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While slipping off the Socceroos radar somewhat, Bozanic remains intent on earning back his place in the national team and hopes joining Hearts will help with that ambition. 

“Once I’m established in the Hearts team, that’s where I want to be,” Bozanic told Edinburgh Evening News.

“I definitely want to be back in the national set-up. That’s a dream and one of the big reasons I came across to Hearts.

"To be back in Europe, playing in a top league and to be available for my national team.”

With Hearts currently top of the Premiership after four straight wins, Bozanic has found his involvement limited, appearing just once off the bench in the league.

He has however made three appearances in the League Cup with the club again yet to lose as they continue their fine start to the season. 

Bozanic isn't the only Australian at Hearts this season with defender Ben Garuccio also joining the club over the off-season.